Now is the time to plan ahead for 2017

FRS advises

Now is the time to plan ahead for 2017
By frs network news@tipperarystar.ie @tippstar

Christmas is almost on our doorsteps which means the start of the busy farming season is just around the corner and now is the time to plan your labour requirements.

It is important for farmers to set aside some time to plan for 2017.

High Farming Hours

Recent figures released from the CSO (Central statistics office) show that farmers work 49 hours per week. A poll by Agriland revealed that 72% of farmers say they actually work more than a 60 hours a week.

Interestingly the CSO figures also show that people who are self-employed work an average of 44.0 hours per week, while employees work an average of 34.6 hours per week, revealing that farmers tend to work the longest hours per week.

Know your own Limits

The assessment of labour needs tends to be an area that many farmers struggle with. Some feel that they can or indeed want to do it all, but unfortunately are not fully aware of their limitations until it is too late.

You need to know your own limits and not over work yourself in order to stay healthy and safe. Some farmers may feel that getting help in would take too much time to support and create more work, but this is really not the case. Once an initial induction is made, correct help is given and grounding is set, everything else falls into place.

Help is on Hand

The spring is a very busy time on the farm and farmers work extra-long hours with very little sleep. Rushing can cause unnecessary accidents so work at a steady pace and get labour to help alleviate the pressure.

Contact your local farm relief office today to talk through your needs. We have tailored supports to suit every farm set up.

Save Time on Registration Paperwork

Farmers will be all too familiar with the compliance requirements around calving, such as the necessity to tag and register calves within 27 days of their birth. This can now be done in seconds and right there and then with the Herdwatch App. A free trial is currently available on www.herdwatch.ie.

Join the FRS Membership Benefit Scheme

Join the FRS Membership Benefit Scheme and get Sickness & Accident Support and Death & Capital Benefit for only €295 - That is Peace of Mind for Only 81c per day. Visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/membership for more details.

We’re Hiring Farm Workers

As we all prepare for a busy calving season FRS have positions available for experienced milkers and general farm workers to meet the seasonal demand. Go to www.frsfarmrelief.ie/careers to apply online today.

Contact FRS to discuss your labour requirements for 2017.